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Salad Days Magazine | May 25, 2024

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Long Island’s Stand Still drop punchy, emotional single ‘Mysticism’

Long Island’s Stand Still drop punchy, emotional single ‘Mysticism’
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Known for playing packed out shows that are built off high-energy and massive sing-a-longs, Long Island melodic hardcore band Stand Still spent much of 2023 working…

…with Greg Thomas at Silver Bullet Studios perfecting new material. After sharing ‘Steps Ascending’ two weeks ago, the band now deliver the single ‘Mysticism’. Both songs are part of two song promo out digitally on DAZE, as a precursor to the band’s debut album set for release this Spring. On ‘Mysticism’ the band exemplifies their ability to produce extremely catchy songs that pack emotion. The riffs are bouncy, hooks prevalent, and there’s enough heavy momentum to make you want to move. On the song’s lyrics, vocalist Gerry Windus comments:

‘Mysticism’ is often defined as “becoming one with God”. In this instance, “God” is the ideal version of one’s self. This divine version of the self seems impossible to reach, and this track details the journey one goes through in an attempt to unite with it.”

Stand Still kick off an east coast tour this week with House And Home and Spite House on select dates. More info below. Long Island, NY has been a home to melodic hardcore for a long time, citing acts including The Movielife, Silent Majority, Crime In Stereo as forebears. For the past few years, a myriad of bands have come along to carry on the sound and Stand Still prove to be one of the most exciting of the new wave. Formed in 2020, Stand Still launched with their EP, ‘A Practice In Patience’, in 2021. The band followed it up with their second EP, ‘In A Moment’s Notice’ in 2022. Throughout the past four years, Stand Still have hit the ground running, playing shows alongside Pain Of Truth, Drain, Koyo, Gorilla Biscuits, Silent Majority, Incendiary, Restraining Order to name a few.

Stand Still is Gerry Windus (vocals), Steve Hallam (guitar), Bryan Natole (guitar), Mat Rienecker (bass) and Andre Valerio (drums).

Tour Dates:

Thursday March 7 – Buffalo NY @ Casa Di Francescas w/ House And Home

Friday March 8 – Pittsburgh PA @ Preserving w/ House And Home

Saturday March 9 – Cleveland OH @ Birdhouse w/ House And Home

Sunday March 10 – Wilkes Barre PA @ Doug’s Board Room w/ House And Home

Monday March 11 – Troy NY @ No Fun w/ Drug Church

Tuesday March 12 – Burlington VT @ Higher Ground

Wednesday March 13 – Portland ME @ The Cavern

Thursday March 14 – Providence RI @ News Cafe

Friday March 15 – Holyoke MA @ The Hoff w/ Witness Chamber & Spite House

Saturday March 16 – Brooklyn NY @ The Kingsland w/ Spite House

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